Faculty Spotlight

The Bill Peckham Endowed Fund for Person-Centered Care

The Board of Regents at the University of Washington have appointed Dr. Ann O’Hare as the inaugural holder of the endowed fund.

Dr. O’Hare's career perfectly embodies the letter and the spirit of this Endowed Fellowship Fund. She received her medical schooling at the University of Virginia, undertook her residency training at Stanford University, and completed her Nephrology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. She was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a medical student. We were fortunate to have recruited her to the University of Washington in 2007 and she has been based at the Puget Sound VA.

Dr. O'Hare has gained international recognition for her path-breaking research, which has had the overarching goal of making care of older patients with kidney disease concordant with their goals, values, and expectations. She has highlighted the high intensity of care towards the end of life in this patient population, and the low use of hospice. Her work has been extremely influential in the field as it has spurred innovative interventions to make the care more person-centered, including in our own community with the establishment of the Kidney Supportive Care program at the Northwest Kidney Centers.

Bill Peckham

In loving memory of Bill Peckham

The endowed fund has been established in the loving memory of Bill Peckham who developed kidney failure in his early 20s and spent decades on home hemodialysis. He was a strong advocate for patient engagement, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Kidney Centers, including a term as Chair, and catalyzed the founding of the Kidney Research Institute at the University of Washington. During his years on dialysis, he visited 34 countries on five continents, dialyzing in 23 of them. Sadly, Bill passed away in 2019, but he continues to be an inspiration.